My Amish Home: Thankful for calm skies, family during holidays

"I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior." 1 Timothy 2:1-3

After the deep freeze on Sunday, it has warmed up somewhat, although it is still cloudy and dreary.

But we can't have everything just how we want it. The way I see it, for myself anyway, is to want what we have.

I'm always so very grateful when it's not really windy. That does tend to fray my nerves. Ah, me! I'm such a fair-weather person.

As I was writing my Bible verses for the column, the "leading a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness" took me back many (many) years.

We lived in the trailer close to brother-in-law Marvin and Sarah Ann (Sarah's Home Cookin'); the girls were still small. Anyway, Marvin's nephew, Larry Helmuth, worked for Marvin. And Marvin had guineas. Now some of you may know (or not) that guineas are noisy! At the least little (and I do mean little) thing, they'll let loose with their squawking.

Larry complained that with those things around you can't live a quiet, peaceable and godly life!

It is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving as I write this. I had to do some shopping in town before picking up husband Erwin. I believe half the Amish community had the same idea. Shopping, not picking up Erwin! But it was nice and sunny at that time, and I suppose they wanted to get their stuff done so on Wednesday they could fix food and get ready for the big day Thursday.

We had our Plank family Thanksgiving dinner this past Sunday at sis Louise and Dale Kauffmans' house. We had the usual delicious meal — turkey, dressing, mashed taters, etc.

In the afternoon, we played card games. The twins, Aaron and Dimitri, 5, amused themselves with Louise's toys, and then sat at the table "helping."

At one point, Dimitri was getting a little loud, so Granma playfully put her forehead against Dimitri's and said, "Dimitri, you quiet down."

Dimitri said, "Granma, you be quiet, too, and get your 'mind' off me!"

We had a pretty good day. But then, I'd say around 6 p.m., sis Ferne Hershhberger got a phone call from her son Lamar. They had to take Lily, their 6-month-old baby, to the emergency room.

She had been eating peanut butter pie, then her face started swelling. She also got hives all over. It was an allergic reaction to the peanut butter. She's OK, but she'll have to take an allergy test to determine exactly how bad the allergy is.

This past Saturday, the Otto siblings were at our house for our annual holiday gathering.

We had a very untraditional meal; we had brunch. It was going to be fairly early, but because of two funerals in the area that involved some of the Ottos, we had it later. It was still good and we had an enjoyable time, even if it didn't go as planned.

Our children, Miltons and Lloyds, were also here. They did the serving and the dishes. We others also helped with the dishes. Our children stayed for supper. The others either had other plans or just plain wanted to go home.

The one funeral on Saturday was for Edna Miller. She was a niece to our son-in-law, Freeman Miller of Dale. Freeman, Cindy and two of their children, Regina Beth, 9, and Brian, 6, came along. They stopped in Saturday afternoon for a teeny bit before heading home. We were glad to see them and disappointed that the rest couldn't be here.

They plan to come in January for our family Christmas gathering. We are looking forward to it.

In closing: We can't live the life God desires if we talk about what the Bible says but refuse to do what it says.

I plan to make this pie for our Thanksgiving dinner here at home.

SOUR CREAM APPLE PIE

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 (8-ounce) container sour cream

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups coarsely chopped and peeled tart apples

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together egg, sour cream, sugar, 2 tablespoons flour,vanilla and salt. Stir in chopped apples.

Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell. Cover edge of pie with foil to prevent overbrowning. Bake for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile for crumb topping, combine in bowl 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove foil.

Sprinkle crumb topping over pie. Bake about 20 minutes longer until top is brown.

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